Written by Aimee Bissonette
Illustrations by David Hohn
Book Source: ARC provided for review purposes
Book Status: Available February 15, 2021
It should be no surprise to any reader to find Aimee Bissonette’s newest book being reviewed by me. Or that it was Aimee who sent me the book. We are friends and I love her focus on strong women. This is a very good topic especially for picture books.
Headstrong Hallie is about Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman “fire guard” in the US Forest Service. Originally they told her no, but she was determined. She turned out to be really good at it, even though it was a lonely job. How she performed created a pathway for other women.
David Hohn’s illustrations make you feel like you are in the woods with her. He has great color use and his style is really cool. I haven’t seen his style before and I really like it.
This would be a really good read out loud book for a class, especially older kids trying to figure out what they want to do. Hallie’s story shows how others may not believe in you, but if you believe, it can be done. You could also pair this with other stories by Aimee about women breaking barriers.